PRESS REWIND: Pop culture news from the week - September 11 2018

Ariana Grande at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

Out of a star-studded list of performers who musically eulogized the Queen of Soul, Ariana Grande got the most buzz for a couple different reasons. Her cover of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at Aretha Franklin’s funeral would’ve made the singer proud since Franklin was actually a big fan of Grande’s. However, tabloids and internet trolls could hardly focus on the performance because of Grande’s outfit. Was the dress too short for church? Or, as long as it was black, was it appropriate to mourn in? Regardless, Grande’s outfit choice was taken into consideration (though it didn’t have to be) when the funeral’s pastor inappropriately groped the side of her breast while at the podium. Grande’s visibly panicked reaction resonated with many women who had been in similar situations, and even though the pastor apologized, he is still in hot water with Franklin’s family after he made insensitive remarks toward Black Lives Matter during the service. Someone needs to learn a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan Breakup

Britney Spears and Jason Alexander's 55 hour marriage along with countless other flops have paved the way for short lived celebrity couples, and a face-tatted SoundCloud rapper’s love for Hannah Montana’s little sister has carried on the torch. On August 20, Noah Cyrus and Lil Xan made their red carpet couple debut at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, and through PDA they assured paps that they were together. The two originally met through Instagram DMs and collaborated on songs for both of their musical endeavors. But right when the world was getting used to Noah and Xan, it was over, ending on Instagram where the pair hit it off. Xan had seen a photo of Noah too close for comfort to another guy and accused her of cheating, then Noah posted screenshots of a Charlie Puth nude meme she sent Xan saying that was why he was worried about her cheating. The split turned into he-said-she-said and dragged everyone from Columbia Records to the Cyrus family down with it. Oh well, onto the next inevitable betrayal.

RIP Mac Miller

Last Friday, thousands were heartbroken over the death of rapper Mac Miller due to a fatal drug overdose. A friend found him unresponsive at his Studio City house, and by the time emergency services arrived, he had passed. Miller expressed a day prior that he was looking forward to touring his fifth studio album, “Swimming”, which was released a month before his death. Many musicians who had met Miller tweeted out condolences: Shawn Mendes, Soulja Boy, Solange Knowles, J Cole, Alessia Cara, and Khalid were amongst a sea of “RIP”s. Chance the Rapper wrote “...beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken.” Le’Veon Bell of Miller’s hometown Pittsburgh Steelers devastatingly commented “NOOO! I do not wanna believe my brother is dead!” Even though he had much more life to live at the age of 26, Mac Miller had his share of milestones in the industry. At the time of his debut, “Blue Slide Park”, it was the first independently distributed album to reach No. 1 in 16 years, and his mixtapes before that release created an unswerving fanbase that has followed him since 2007.